Volleyball Team Defeats Ohio Northern in OAC Tournament
BEREA, OHIO – Junior outside hitter Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/Lake Catholic) led Baldwin-Wallace with a match-high 20 kills as the Yellow Jackets rallied from two sets down to defeat fifth-seeded Ohio Northern University, 3-2 tonight (Tuesday November 1, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.
B-W won the match by scores 28-30, 16-25, 32-30, 26-24 and 15-9. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 18-12 overall and advances to play No.1-seed Heidelberg University, who defeated No. 8-seed Muskingum University, 3-0 tonight, on Friday night November 4 in Tiffin at 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. With the loss, Ohio Northern ends its season with a record of 14-16.
In tonight's other quarterfinal matches, No. 2-seed Otterbein University defeated No. 7-seed Marietta College in straight sets and No. 3-seed the University of Mount Union defeated No. 6-seed Capital University also in straight sets. Mount Union and Otterbein advance to the semifinals and will face each other on Friday night November 4 in one of two semifinal matches at Heidelberg. The match will be played at either 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. as the top-seeded Student Princes will determine what time their match will be played.
In addition to Sawicki, junior All-OAC middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton/Holy Name) recorded 17 kills and freshman middle hitter Nicole Christner (Minerva) added eight. The offense was set up by junior setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/North) with 45 set assists.
Defensively, B-W was led by junior defensive specialist Natalie Emmons (Ashland) with career and match-high 46 digs. Sophomore right side hitter and defensive specialist Taylor Burns (Tiffin/Fostoria St. Wendelin) and senior defensive specialist Amanda Mass (North Royalton) both contributed career-best 31 and 22 digs respectively
The Polar Bears were led by freshman middle hitter Rachel Olach (Avon) with 14 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Julia Fuerst (Kalida) contributed 12 kills. The offense was set up by freshman setter Amanda Volosin (Boardman) with 45 set assists. ONU was led defensively by sophomore defensive specialist Jeni Kmic (Delta) with 45 digs.
The winner of the OAC Semifinal matches will advance to the OAC Championship and the winner of that match will receive the OAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
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